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Mary Wollstonecraft and the Question of French Character

This piece is a part of our ongoing series, entitled “Rethinking the Revolutionary Canon.” By Megan Gallagher In his masterwork of comparative political thought, The Spirit of the Laws (1748), Montesquieu had observed that “if there were...
From: Age of Revolutions on 18 Oct 2021

Of “Discrete Forces” and “Spontaneous Distillations”: Reconsidering Some More General Aspects of Benedict Anderson’s Historical Imagination

This piece is a part of our ongoing series, entitled “Rethinking the Revolutionary Canon.”  By Dean Kostantaras  For many scholars, any reference to a “canon” of nationalist studies quickly brings to mind several publications from the...
From: Age of Revolutions on 16 Aug 2021

Debating (Canadian) Presentism: Narrative, Nation, and Macdonald in 2021

Jerry Bannister Like many Canadian historians, I have followed with interest the ongoing debate over John A. Macdonald, including the recent letter sponsored by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Among the thoughtful responses to the letter, I’d highlight...
From: Borealia on 2 Feb 2021

Debating (American) Democracy

Jerry Bannister Like everyone else this evening, I’m struggling to keep up with the news. What’s striking about the latest crisis in the United States is that, even at the very heart of American power, there remains so much confusion about...
From: Borealia on 7 Jan 2021

What Makes a Language Policy Revolutionary?

By Gina Anne Tam “Promulgating Mandarin serves the Socialist revolution.” This declaration, part of the keynote address at Shanghai’s sixth annual “Mandarin Promulgation Teaching Achievement exhibition” in 1965, promoted...
From: Age of Revolutions on 14 Oct 2020

Hobsbawm on Nationalism and Revolution

This piece is a part of our ongoing series, entitle “Rethinking the Revolutionary Canon.”  By Iker Itoiz Ciáurriz At the time of his death in 2012, Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm was the most recognized British historian...
From: Age of Revolutions on 21 Sep 2020

Give Me Liberty or Give Me COVID-19: A History

By Robin Wright At the Washington state capitol in Olympia, a man wrapped in an American flag jacket held a home-made sign boldly proclaiming, “Give me liberty or give me COVID 19.” He joined thousands of protestors who came out to denounce...
From: Age of Revolutions on 27 Apr 2020

Flora Tristan: Radical Socialist, Feminist, and First Internationalist

By Kevin Duong In the summer of 1843, French feminist and activist Flora Tristan published a short book, L’Union ouvrière, or The Workers’ Union. Progressive French publishers panned the book. They cited its argument with sympathy,...
From: Age of Revolutions on 17 Jun 2019

Irish Autograph Albums: The Arts of Resistance

“Revolutionary Material Culture Series” This series examines the Age of Revolutions through its material markers, reminding us that materials themselves reflected and shaped political cultures around the revolutionary Atlantic and World. By...
From: Age of Revolutions on 6 May 2019

Red Jim McDermott and Recycled History: The Fenian Raid on New Brunswick

David Wilson This article originated as a paper given at the Canadian Association for Irish Studies annual conference at Quebec in June 2018. Think of this as an essay on the three sins of recycling history, reading history backwards, and misusing evidence. ...
From: Borealia on 14 Jan 2019

Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Irish: Networks of Diaspora in Early-Twentieth Century Northeastern North America

Patrick Mannion On October 4th, 1920, Irish-Canadian nationalist Katherine Hughes arrived in St. John’s, the capital and chief port of the Dominion of Newfoundland. Her objective was to establish a branch of the Self-Determination for Ireland League...
From: Borealia on 17 Dec 2018

Beyond the “system”: The enduring legacy of seigneurial property

Benoît Grenier and Alain Laberge Following the release of Allan Greer’s latest book,[1] a colossal work of comparative history that we would like to salute from the outset, our distinguished colleague from McGill University has declared the...
From: Borealia on 9 Oct 2018

Disasters, Citizenship, and the Janus-Faced Nature of the French Revolution

By Christopher M. Church In the spirit of the revolutionary values of liberty, equality, and fraternity, France emancipated hundreds of thousands of enslaved Antilleans in 1848, only to disenfranchise them and burden them with mandatory labor through...
From: Age of Revolutions on 27 Jun 2018

Revolutions: A Thematic Approach to the World Civilizations Survey

By Niels Eichhorn Covering 500 years, six continents, and innumerable events, conflicts, and ideological, social, and cultural changes in one semester is a challenge, and students are frequently lost in the amount of material thrown at them. As a U.S....
From: Age of Revolutions on 11 Jun 2018

Review: Benjamin Park, American Nationalisms

Following on from yesterday's Q&A with the author, today The Junto features Sky Montgomery's review of American Nationalisms. "Park’s book," she writes, "stands as an important reminder that the trajectory of American nationalism has always...
From: The Junto on 26 Apr 2018

Q&A: Benjamin Park American Nationalisms

Today's interviewee hardly needs introduction for readers of The Junto. Ben Park is an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University in Texas who earned his PhD in Britain's second-best history department, at Cambridge University, and...
From: The Junto on 25 Apr 2018

Internationalism and Radical Writing for Children

By Kimberley Reynolds, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University UK ‘… in times of great change, some of the most radical ideas about what the future ought to be like will be located in books for the next...
From: Histories of Emotion on 25 Mar 2018

No, Confederation Wasn’t About ‘Freedom’

Shirley Tillotson Editors’ note: This essay is jointly posted with our partners at, and appeared in an earlier version as a Letter to the Editor in the National Post (Oct. 26, 2017). Fundraisers love anniversaries. They’re...
From: Borealia on 14 Nov 2017

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By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.